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Sunday, February 8, 2009

08 Feb 2009: ...On Food Blogs...

I was gonna call it a night on the blogs and I started discussing food blogs...A couple weeks ago my friend joseph hits me up on an instant message askin' what I was doing...I said about to drop a food blog real quick. he's like,"oh like everyone else..." I'm like,"I make the food in my shit aiiight, so shuttit" he's like,"oh okay"

Like when did my friend become such a jaded bitter judgemental asshole. Oh maybe after his psycho ex left him a second time. Step back from that shit pal. Yeah I put you on deck. Climb up out that bullshit and remember I have tolerance for the struggle of others but when you drop the voice of judgement you become open game. Not that I don't love your ass I'm just not feeling your bullshit right now.

Which brings me to my current topic. All kinds of people food blog for their own reasons and for their own kinds of love of food. Some people food blog to give everyone an update and be a bit of a peacock. Some people simply love to chronicle their epicurean journeys and share the bits of yummy they've had. Some people just love food - period. Not everyone can cook but everyone can eat. That is the universal nature of food - very few people don't have some kind of food they enjoy - unless you are one of those bulimic bonkers hoes.

There is another reason I food blog. A lot of people hit me up for recipes tips and how to's. A lot of people who love Filipino food who were never taught how to make it. I am not a stingy person who refuses to share recipes or tips - you just have to remind me from time to time. But I am more than willing to part with 99.9% of my recipes. I have one exception and that's my chocolate chip cookie recipe - that only goes to direct family.

I think that too many people do not break bread together. The very act of the family meal is lost. People don't even know how to sit in a house for a regular meal making conversation and getting reacquainted with day to day life and being involved in the life of others. My other point of concern is that Filipino cooking is getting lost in the Modern American Day. I may be Philippine parts but I'm American Made. It makes me sad when people tell me that they never learned how to make lumpia, pancit, adobo, afritada, sinigang, kare kare, biko, bibingka, cassava cake, menudo, morcon, embutido, putong puti, bistek, ukoy, siopao, empanada and all the goodies that are a part of life (if you care to know I can make all of those and then some). Because if we aren't making it today - how will the Filipinos of tomorrow remember the dishes of yesterday. I tell you what, a lot of my non Filipino friends can get down and make lumpia and pancit.

It's so unusual to eat Filipino food that even common food is served at parties

Alfie thinks I should write a cookbook. I'm gonna shelf that for now (but I have a running recipe book I keep in my purse with some crazy stuff up and coming). I think I will first start with a Video Blog of how to make pancit...because a lot of people try and fail...I feel a little weird posting a food "show" but when I get multiple emails that they are trying 3,4,5 times and it's not happening I feel bad.

I'mma say this--I'm ABOUT it. I love cooking even though I don't do it full time for money anymore...and if you don't believe me....

Here's my fridge...

november 2008

november 2008 backup fridge for Turkey Day

January 2009

January 2009

February 2009

February 2009

And then there's the pantry, which isn't even really stocked...
Hey that ain't TP, it's 8 rolls of paper towels - haha.

Then you gotta have 3 kinds of soy sauce, vinegar, sri ri cha plum sauce, olive oil blend, canola and sesame oil then add 2 kinds of oyster sauce plus plum sauce and hoisin in there somewhere.

I got tired of buying small shakers of herbs - so I started buying bulk coz I rip through them quickly enough. I drop them in the little mason jars and use both printed labels and hand written ones...I only jar up the frequently used ones, I have rarely used herbs, wasabi, saffron and dried ginger stored with keep fresh packs to suck up any moisture or external odors...

But Gya says the most clownin' thing in my kitchen is the huge Patron Bottle filled with Vanilla Extract...REAL extract. Truth be told it would actually end up costing more than patron if you compare price. But when I made them cookies and I busted that out - she started lauuuuuuuughin. Hahahhahha.

I just think that things of value should be stored properly in glass jars.

or you can see it in finest girls with the finest appetites for all this life has to, friends and every freakin' thing...

the opposite of what mine looks like.

08 Feb 2009: Saturday Snacks...Sunday Afternoons.

On Saturdays...I make treats - just coz we like them and coz friends drop by. The last few weeks Julian (my boyfriend aka Mr. Man aka Kibby aka all around cool guy) has not been eating breakfast so I started making "krispy" treats or cereal treats. This way he gets some form of grains and it's on the go.
Last Weeks was Cheerios and Cap'n Crunch Berries:

Of course Gya and Tina were right on time for them...


Then there's always the classic joints to make for friends and family and co workers who have become your friend who are having birthdays...or just to bake coz it's chilly in the house but not cold enough for the heater:

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Raisin. In that order.

All lined up ready to go into the oven. As much as I love my kitchenaid I need a bigger one - so if anyone wants to trade my little one for their big one - let's talk.

Then you just gotta cool 'em and bag em up:

I love the smell of baked goods...

Friday nights after a long week we generally eat salads, sandwhiches and appetizers - I still make them coz we still don't eat much even though we could coz it's in the budget and coz we are surrounded by tons of places to eat. But we like sitting at the table or campin' in the living room. Also most times I come home on Friday Julian has a few of the boys over playin' NBA Live

Hence, I've started making him appetizer platters:

Ever since the PS3 got here for Christmas - Julian has made his OWN futon which consists of 3 blankies a denim backrest and a pillow! Hahahha. It's his 2nd most favourite spot in the house.

--- Saturday mornings we mostly sleep in. I woke up and showered and shined and then threw somethin' in the oven to be ready by lunch. Julian is growin' out a natural so it was time to part and condition his scalp because he hasn't had long hair in a long while...

Right as I finished the Chicken was done...So I turned the oven to let it rest and then chopped up some broccolli and potatoes...Voila - lunch for 2 under 5 bucks. yeah you heard me - the chicken was 2 bucks and the potatoes and brocolli were both under a buck and we still had plenty to spare for a couple more meals.

We are in love with Queso de Oaxaca

don't cook it - just tenderize it a bit by resting it in boiling water (burner off)

Roasted Chicken is the only instance where I dig the dark meat - it just has a different flavor, but I gotta be the one cooking it coz I like the skin roasted to paper...I had 2 drumsticks and 2 wings on my plate...

I almost burnt the chicken breasts I precook for our lunches (salads, wraps, burritos etcetera) that we bring to work but Julian saved it by dousing it with 2 cups of water and turning it to low which instead made smoked chicken...


Sundays we wake up and kinda talk about what we want to do and then attack the vacuuming bathroom scrubbing and the floors...After that we take off respectively..generally he watches the games at the sports bars and I go thrifting, grocery shopping and catch up on my writing at Xtreme Bean coffee...

For some reason we both got home today at around 2pm and we were both starved...So I used yesterday's chicken in today's garden salad...I dunno if it's because we were hungry or coz the chicken was well roasted but we killed our plates without 2 words besides blessing the food.

I also made his breakfast bars for the week. Cheerios marry Apple Jacks...
A request from Mr. Man...

...take my word for it - these suckas are good.
On a final note: I was about halfway through this blog - and Julian came home.
me: are the games done?
him: no, it's boring
me: hardcore laughing
him: and Vic Damone left
me: Ahhhhh.
him: what's to eat up in here
me: don't tell me you are hungry after that huge salad
him: yeah
me: chicken supernachos?
him: yeah yeah yeah (already firing up the ps3)

so i threw together some nachos to the asiatic Rhythms created by Rza for Afro Samurai...we like our nachos with both melted cheese and grated cheese on top with fresh veggies...but you know, nachos and eggs are different good to each different person...I think the pictures below will show you how to do it.

And if it's nachos you're havin, might as well have guava strawberry juice!

Almost there.

Ta Da...

The end.